The last few weeks have been filled with controversy over who should be ranked at the top of the BCS Standings, but we seem to be forgetting the other end—the bottom of the barrel. I think it's about time we show the bottom 10 teams a little bit of love.
1. (119) Washington Huskies
After a loss in the Apple Cup against longtime rival Washington State (2-10), the Huskies will close out their season with another probable loss at Cal. Washington will very likely end their season 0-12, sending Ty Willingham out on a not-so happy note. The Huskies have a brighter future in store, though, because the only way to go is up.
2. (118) SMU Mustangs
A year after June Jones led Hawaii to an undefeated season and a trip to the Sugar Bowl, he left his job to try to turn around a struggling SMU program. It may possibly be the biggest mistake of his life.
The Mustangs (1-10) went from struggling to disastrous. After starting off the season 1-1, SMU has lost their last nine games by an average of 20 points. But let's look on the bright side—they did hold Texas Tech under 45 points (they lost 43-7).
3. (117) North Texas Mean Green
Here's another coach who made a bad decision to switch coaching jobs in North Texas's Todd Dodge. Dodge left his position as head coach at Southlake Carroll High School in 2007 after leading Southlake to a number one ranking in all of high school football.
Expectations were high, as North Texas ticket sales rose 40 percent, but Dodge never lived up to the hype. He led the Mean Green (1-10) to a 1-11 season last year and is likely to end up at that mark again this year.
4. (116) Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones (2-10) had high hopes for the 2008 season after starting off 2-0, but after a 17-5 loss to Iowa in Iowa City, things went downhill fast. Iowa State ranks near the bottom of the Big 12 in every statistical area, and Gene Chizik is going to have to hope for a miracle to get this program back on track, considering the Hawkeyes dominate most of the recruiting in Iowa.
5. (115) Tulane Green Wave
My, my, can you imagine how much the Green Wave (2-9) miss Matt Forte? While their former star running back is pounding away at defenses in Chicago, Tulane keeps searching for the next star player to get them back to last year's form. With only two wins, which both came against pretty awful teams (SMU and Louisiana-Monroe), Tulane is desperate for a win to avoid a 2-10 season.
6. (114) Utah State Aggies
As you have probably figured out already, the Aggies (2-9) did not fare as well this year as their intrastate counterparts in Salt Lake City. Unlike the Utes, the Aggies won't be headed for a BCS bowl, or any bowl for that matter, and find themselves near the bottom of the pretty pathetic WAC.
7. (113) New Mexico State Aggies
It's Aggies galore in the bottom 10, so this is fair warning for Texas A&M to change their nickname fast. New Mexico State did fare a bit better than the Aggies to the north this year with a 3-8 record. The worst of the two will be decided this week, though, when New Mexico State heads to Logan, Utah to play Utah State.
8. (112) Idaho Vandals
It's a WAC party in the bottom 10 as Idaho (2-10) joins Utah State and New Mexico State to round out the six, seven, and eight spots.
The three are pretty interchangeable, but for lack of a better reason, I will give the Vandals the lower ranking on account of them having the best stadium in college football. Click here to take a look at the Kibbie Dome and you will know what I mean. It is literally a barn with some bleachers and a field.
9. (111) San Diego State Aztecs
At 2-10, the Aztecs are the embarrassment of the Mountain West Conference, which has had a fantastic year for a non-BCS conference with three teams, Utah, TCU, and BYU, ranked in the top 25. The rest of the conference, including San Diego State, is a joke.
Last week, the Aztecs fired former Iowa great Chuck Long, but that won't solve all of their problems. SDSU's future doesn't look too bright.
10. (110) Washington State Cougars
Rounding out my bottom 10 rankings are the Apple Cup winners, the Washington State Cougars. Washington State, 2-10, finished off their Pac-10 season on a high note with a 16-13 overtime win against their intrastate rival, Washington. The Cougars won the battle of epic losers to claim victory in one of the more forgetful of the 101 Apple Cups.
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